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Nawaz Sharif

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Nawaz Sharif
نواز شریف
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
5 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded byMir Hazar Khan Khoso (Interim)
Succeeded byShahid Khaqan Abbasi
In office
17 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
PresidentRafiq Tarar
Farooq Leghari
Wasim Sajjad
Preceded byMalik Meraj Khalid (Acting)
Succeeded byPervez Musharraf (Chief Executive)
In office
26 May 1993 – 18 July 1993
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded byBalakh Sher Mazari (Acting)
Succeeded byMoeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi (Acting)
In office
6 November 1990 – 18 April 1993
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded byGhulam Mustafa Jatoi (Acting)
Succeeded byBalakh Sher Mazari (Acting)
Minister of Defence
In office
17 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
Preceded byShahid Hamid (Acting)
Succeeded byPervez Musharraf
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 October 1993 – 5 November 1996
Preceded byBenazir Bhutto
Succeeded byBenazir Bhutto
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
9 April 1985 – 13 August 1990
GovernorMakhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi
Tikka Khan
Preceded bySadiq Hussain Qureshi
Succeeded byGhulam Haider Wyne
President of Pakistan Muslim League (N)
In office
1993–2002
In office
2011–Incumbent
Personal details
Born (1949-12-25) 25 December 1949 (age 74)
Lahore, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)
(1999–present)
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan Muslim League
(1976-1999)

Muslim Democratic Alliance
(1988–1990)
Spouse(s)
Kulsoom Nawaz
(m. 1971; her death 2018)
ChildrenHassan Nawaz
Hussain Nawaz
Maryam Nawaz
Asma Nawaz
Alma materGovernment College University
University of the Punjab
WebsiteOfficial website

Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: نواز شریف, pronounced [nəˈʋəz ʃaːriːf]; born 25 December 1949)[1] is a Pakistani politician and businessmen. He served as the 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan for three non-consecutive terms from November 1990-July 1993, February 1997-October 1999, and June 2013-July 2017. He is the longest-serving prime minister of Pakistan, having served a total of more than 9 years across three tenures. He was the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990.

Born into the upper-middle-class Sharif family in Lahore, Nawaz is the son of Muhammad Sharif, the founder of Ittefaq and Sharif groups. He is a wealthy businessman and a conservative politician. His first term was shortened after the Pakistan Army pressured him to resign. In 1997, he was overwhelmingly elected for a second term by a wide margin. During his second term, he notably ordered Pakistan's first nuclear test in response to India's aggressive nuclear tests. He was ousted in an October 1999 military coup by Pervez Musharraf. He returned to Pakistan in late 2007 after eight years of exile. He successfully called for Musharraf's impeachment and the reinstatement of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

On 28 July 2017, after a direct ruling from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sharif resigned as Prime Minister due to his role in the Panama Papers case.[2]

In December 2019, Sharif was diagnosed with heart disease.[3]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "Nawaz Sharif". Encyclopædia Britannica on-line. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. Bhatti, Haseeb (28 July 2017). "Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in unanimous verdict". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  3. "Nawaz diagnosed with complicated heart disease". Dawn. 20 December 2019.